Museums and Galleries

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:19 am on 14th March 1991.

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Photo of Mark Fisher Mark Fisher , Stoke-on-Trent Central 2:19 am, 14th March 1991

The Minister has not been long in post, but he ought to have read his background briefing. Our criticism of charging for admission relates to public museums, for which the state has a responsibility. No one disputes the right of independent museums throughout the country, such as the museum of the moving image, which are not part of that network, to make admission charges. We argue only against charging at nationally funded museums for which the public have a responsibility, and in respect of which the Government have a duty to widen access, not diminish it. It is the decline in access that is the consequence of the imposition of admission charges that we so deplore